MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS
 

FALL is fast approaching.  The end of summer is upon us so with that in mind I thought this the perfect time to make a mix tape (okay, not really a mix tape, but I’m old school and stuck in my ways)…a mix tape for those last magical summer nights.

 

SOUNDTRACKS FOR LIFE:

MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS

MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS
 

You’re outside on your back.  The sky is clear. The stars are out.  You can see the Milky Way…so much of it and you are struck by its beauty.  There is no noise other than the chirps of crickets and the deep barrup of the bullfrogs.  Fireflies twinkle and dance in the trees.  There’s a soft breeze.  You gently stretch and you feel the earth stretch with you.  Everything is beautiful and everything is love.

A hippie moment?  Oh yeah, totally. (My friends used to joke that I wasn’t a punk, just a really pissed off hippie. Ha!)  But it’s also a blissful moment.

Whether you’re alone or snuggled up in a hammock with someone who makes your heart sing and do funny things, it’s one of those evenings that you will always remember and will always fill you with warmth.  This is the music for that night.

 

MUSIC FOR MAGICAL SUMMER NIGHTS
 

Haven’t had that beautiful summer night yet?  Well autumn is almost upon us so there is no time like the present.  Get away from the light, from the noise and enjoy at least one more beautiful night of summer.  Get out there and embrace its beauty and calm; let it soak into your skin, soak into your heart, soak into your soul and fill you with all its magical and delicious and wonderful and warm gloriousness.  Soak it in.  Fall will be here soon enough.

 
 

music for magical summer nights

Last of The Magical Summer Nights

 
 

Beautiful Kisses & Glorious Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

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AN UPDATE ON MISCHA

 

A COUPLE of weeks ago I told you about Mischa’s change in health.  For those of you who missed the announcement, my beloved little furbaby was acting out of sorts and had lost weight so we went to the doctor.  His hyperthyroidism was under control but unfortunately his kidneys weren’t functioning properly and his white blood cells were virtually non-existent.  Naturally we’ve been trying to treat/manage his change in health and I’m focusing the majority of my time on his well-being…and you have been amazing sending so much love, light and care to him. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  That being said I just wanted to take a moment and update you on how things are going.

 

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA – ALL HANDS ON DECK

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA

 

His treatment  consists of a MAJOR increase in fluids, with which he’s been very compliant (as long as I bring him fresh water a few times each day.  Turns out he has a tiny little bit of a diva in him…who knew?!?!), 2cc’s of liquid vitamins per day to boost his iron (he was borderline anemic – which honestly makes me nervous in conjunction with his white blood cell numbers…it seems a lot like the big C, but I’m not going to subject him to a battery of painful tests at his age.  It would be more cruel than kind and selfish of me), two huge doses of subq fluids, another supplement to improve kidney function and a very small dose of Pepcid twice a day to treat his acid reflux (which I had suspected was an issue with him…his stomach was growling a LOT and his breath had started getting bad almost over night – as it turns out reflux in felines is often an indication of the onset of kidney issues).

Mischa went in for follow up tests and more subq fluids after his first several days of treatment.  He had put on some weight (hooray!) and his white blood cells went up very slightly (normal is around 12 and his were originally 2.8 and went up to 3.0 at his follow up.  Not a huge increase but any increase is good and we’re thankful for it).  His kidneys showed no change but they hadn’t declined either.

Since his appetite had increased and, though still tired, he was more alert and engaged it is, despite the labs, considered a clinical improvement.  As long as he’s eating, drinking water, not vomiting (excluding hairballs, of course) and using the bathroom normally, those factors when combined with his most recent labs means he is considered stable.

Stable!  It’s not a decline so we’ll take it and love it but we are still keeping in our minds that we want his health to improve over time, despite what modern medicine says.

 

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MISCHA AND KISSES & CHAOS?

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA

 

For Kisses & Chaos (as well as my other ventures – Alli Woods Frederick Photography, Fizzy Pop Vintage, etc) it means a slowing down.  Yes, I will still be here and working on all my other projects just not full throttle and giving it 1000%.  This means fewer posts and fewer projects, but I promise I will do my best to keep it all balanced.  I hope you all understand and will bear with me.  I’m doing my best.

For my Mischa it means more TLC and special care and attention.  He needs all the love, care and affection he can get in order to maintain his current health and hopefully turn it around.  He is pretty much getting everything he wants, no questions asked and without complaint and that will continue.  If a little babying helps him feel better then a little babying it is.

Your prayers, well wishes, positive/healing vibes, rituals or whatever else you may practice or believe in are greatly appreciated.  We honestly believe it helps both physically and emotionally (and yes I mean his emotions, not mine…though mine benefit indirectly) so if you are so inclined please know we value every bit of it and are so very, very thankful.

 

AN UPDATE ON MISCHA


 

I will continue to keep you updated on my little man as his situation improves (look at me being uncharacteristically optimistic).  Thank you again for your understanding and patience during this difficult time and know that you are loved and appreciated.

 
 

Kitty Kisses & Cuddly Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick (& Mischa)

 
 

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Find A Remedy

 

FIND A REMEDY

IT’S easy for us to point our fingers and blame everyone and everything in the world around us for the problems we encounter.  It’s harder for us to look inward, pause and find the quiet strength to move forward and find solutions.

 

Find A Remedy

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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goodbye money hello shoes

::  HEADS UP: THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS WHICH MEANS IF YOU CLICK ONE OF MY LINKS IN THIS POST AND HAPPEN TO MAKE A PURCHASE I EARN A TINY BIT OF MONEY.  BUT REST ASSURED I NEVER PROMOTE ANYTHING I DON’T BELIEVE IN.  ALL OPINIONS & REVIEWS EXPRESSED ARE MINE & MINE ALONE.  THAT’S HOW I ROLL.  ::

 

Okay gals.  I know for a fact that you love Lulu*s.  I know this because I’m one of their affiliates (hence their ad that is always hanging out in the sidebar over there on the right) and it is, hands down, one of my most popular affiliates.  And I don’t blame you guys.  I get it.  I freakin’ love ‘em too.  (Just ask my grumpy checkbook and my closet full of shoes.)

If there’s one thing we love about shopping it’s when one of our favorite stores has a killer sale…and Lulu*s is having a killer sale right now.

 

GOODBYE MONEY.  HELLO SHOES.

*GRIN*

goodbye money hello shoes

 

They have some amazing deals this Labor Day Weekend (*ahem* 40% off sale items *ahem*) – including up to $35 off site wide! (Say whaaaaat???)  I don’t know about you, but I’m all over this.  I’m in need of some new big black shoes (yes, that is possible when you have a closet full of the damn things).

 

You can pop over there with me and shop this great deal here.  Just keep in mind this is a Labor day sale so all the saving-money-goodness ends at midnight tonight, August 31st.  I’m hightailing it right now to try and scratch that shoe itch that’s been driving me crazy(er…crazier).  Happy hunting my fellow fashion and bargain hounds and may the shopping odds be forever in your favor. *insert Hunger Games whistle here*

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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USELESS USEFUL THINGS
 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS
 

IT’S the end of the month so we all know what that means…it’s time for this month’s Postscript.

I usually lead off with some babble-fest about whatever (I’m the Queen of Babble On…And On…and of bad puns.  I know, I know), but since Mischa has been occupying the majority of my time (not complaining…I love the crap out my little furbaby – but I miss you guys like crazy!) I’m doing my best to keep things more concise (not my forte and totally excludes our final True Blood Tuesday post – since the series ended I felt a duty as a Trubie to do it justice as much justice as possible).  So with that in mind let’s just right into the list-y goodness.

 

USELESS USEFULL THINGS & MAGIC IN YOUR PURSE

USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

*  UFO’s are making the news.  Specifically the footage of a UFO shot near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a couple of days ago…and the kicker?  It’s not the first time or last time it’s been seen over the past couple of weeks.

 

 

:: UFO VIDEO FOOTAGE ::

 

*  ROCKIN’ a near perfect cat eye took me nearly a year of practice, but false eyelashes?  Forget it.  I am false eyelash impaired to the extreme.  Thank god for this False Eyelash Tutorial.  There may be hope for my peepers yet.

*  MY stylist  once asked me how I managed to do such a nice job cutting my bangs myself (I cut my own hair for 16-ish years before visiting a stylist again so I never thought much of it).  I’ve had others ask too…but since mine aren’t in need of a trim and shooting photos of myself cutting my own bangs for a DIY or DIE feature would require more arms than all the Hindu deities combine I’ll point you towards this bang-trimming tutorial on A Beautiful Mess instead.  (And believe her when she tells you about the scissors.)

*  SAMANTHA (from 523 and Haute Macabre) has opened a killer new vintage shop, Disco Witch Vintage.  With pieces that range from vintage 90s (I can’t believe the 90s are vintage now…it kills me just a little to think about it) Betsey Johnson to stunning jet Victorian mourning jewelry, there’s bound to be something you to love.

*  SINCE we mentioned Haute Macabre I would be remiss to not mention their recent post about Justyna Neryng’s adorable and moody photographs of fairytale children.  Cute and creepy is like getting peanut butter in my chocolate.
 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

*  THE dark train of thought chugs along as we look at the amazingly cold and beautiful paintings by artist Mark Thompson over at Bleaq.

*  FINDING art in unexpected places is always pretty badass.  Enter these boho-gypsy yoga mats by La Vie Boheme Yoga. (I’m particularly fond of the Warrior mat, as well as the yoga tie back dress…in black, naturally.)

*  I’VE preached the gospel of drinking apple cider vinegar for years and here’s why.

*  MY dear Miss Sarah of The Laughing Medusa encourages every woman to add a little magic to their day by simply adding a few items to their purse.  Love this idea.  (I never leave home without pink sparkly heart and silver glittery star stickers tucked into my filofax.  You never know when you’ll need to leave some sparkly love somewhere.)

*  A collection of utterly useless useful items?  Design + humor = genius.  I would love to give some of these as gifts.

 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

WORKING full time and rocking your own freelance/creative biz on the side?  This article is not only for you but provides great advice for anyone doing the whole artist/freelance/entrepreneur full time gig thing.

*  NEW YORK is disappearing one block at a time according to Vanishing New York and its author, Jeremiah Moss, is documenting it one blog post at a time.  Gotta love homogeny…or at least get used to it because that’s the direction our entire planet is headed in the name of “progress.”  How fun.

 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

*  I confess I live in a bit of bubble spending a lot of time inside my head, usually more often than not, and early 2013 was one such time.  I stumbled across the story of Elisa Lam’s “accidental” death earlier this week when the security footage of her bizarre behavior on a hotel elevator shortly before her final moments popped up on my YouTube channel.  What I saw I found to be not only bizarre but utterly, completely, thoroughly and profoundly disturbing.  I didn’t sleep that night.  Seriously.  Not kidding.  In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, be forewarned the security footage and the details of her story are upsetting and very, very bizarre…they certainly don’t logically add up to an accidental death.  Very disturbing and very sad and I simply can’t shake it.

 

:: NEWS COVERAGE :: VIEW THE ENTIRE SECURITY FOOTAGE HERE (4″ LONG) ::

 

I’ll see you in September, my dears.  Hears to hoping you have a smashing weekend and to those of you here in the States, have a happy Labor Day weekend.  Muwha!

 


 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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